INTERVIEW: GLASS HOUSES METALCORE OUTFIT ON NEW SINGLE LOST CHOICES AND UPCOMING ALBUM
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with GLASS HOUSES metalcore outfit hailing from Fargo, North Dakota who made their return on October 19th, 2018 by unleashing a brand new single, LOST CHOICES after their debut album Wellspring dating back to 2016. This is the lead single for their upcoming sophomore album which details have not been disclosed yet.
We are catching up with the band of who is back on track firing on all cylinders pushing GLASS HOUSES’ signature sound to plenty of headbanging and catchiness, focusing on brilliant lyric writing and taking influence from Linkin Park legends.
- Hello guys and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Since it’s our first interview with GLASS HOUSES, let’s start by giving a wider view of your outfit to our readers. Let’s dig into your background, influences, the bands and genres that have influenced your journey as musicians.
We all like a very wide variety of music and have a lot of different influences including pretty much every genre. We’re all really big movie fans too and really like to try to incorporate the feeling of movie scores into our music, even if it’s just a synth or string section in the background that when sold out the influence becomes apparent. As far as our favorite bands, the main ones that have been very prevalent in helping shape us, even indirectly, have probably mostly been: Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, We Came As Romans, A Day To Remember, The Plot In You, Underoath to name a few.
- What’s the mindset behind choosing GLASS HOUSES as a name?
Honestly there’s no deep or hidden meaning, we just really wanted our name to be genre ambiguous so that there is room for growth as a band.
- Who are Josh Haider, Mark Sands, Tanner Leier, Robert Whiteside and David Anderson outside of their GLASS HOUSES outfit? Anything weird or personal you would like to share with us.
We’re basically just guys trying to have a good time and do what we love. Being on tour with us when we’re not playing shows is kind of like being on a sketch comedy show, we’re just always trying to make each other laugh and out do one another.
- How hard it is to emerge into an overcrowded scenario such as metalcore, how do you see this soundscape and what are your strongest assets?
This is something we really started noticing once we started touring. The thing we worked hard on for our unreleased second record was maintaining our core elements, but expanding our sound as to not pigeonhole ourselves and be able to reach that next level. We realized after touring and seeing all of the bands out there how important it is to have defining elements that make you stand out and to not be afraid to get creative and try something different. We also just didn’t want to write the same album twice, that’s boring, instead we really expanded upon what we did on the first record and made those aspects better and more precise, but also incorporated some of our other favorite elements into the mix considering we all have a very wide spectrum of music we listen to. We have really solid metalcore songs on the new album, but also have a song that’s mostly synth driven until the end (not in a cheesy way) and has the most unique production we’ve ever done. Overall I think there’s just a lot more there for existing fans, and new ones to sink their teeth into and enjoy.
- Let’s explore the uniqueness of the sound you have created and allowed the band to build a solid fan base. Describe it in your own words and adjectives.
One thing we’ve always liked incorporating is piano and huge string sections, I feel that it really fills out the songs and makes the production much more rich without overpowering the songs at their core. I think something we always try to do well is creating a really solid song that has a great structure and makes sense, but also introduces unique elements, whether that be a deviation from traditional structure, or unique production, to really make something that stands out without being abrasive or unintelligible.
- LOST CHOICES is the very first new material released after your debut full-length WELLSPRING dating back to 2016. There has been an amazing progression since then. Let’s talk about how the songwriting process changed in terms of new features or main differences and how much you are changed as individuals too?
We really wanted to try to write a more rock oriented song while still retaining our sound. We took heavy influence on this particular song from Linkin Park which was really cool because they’re definitely up there for a few of us as one of our favorite bands and a band we’ve all really respected and looked up to since we were in elementary school. Something we wanted to incorporate into this song and others was interesting clean guitar and I’m really happy with how it all turned out and how it fits so well with the production.
- Let’s talk about the lyrical theme discussed in LOST CHOICES which seems to explore the personal struggle with identity crisis, standing up for oneself and unleashing the restrains given by other people. What is the message that GLASS HOUSES wish to spread and what kind of personal/general approach to the topic was opted for?
Lost Choices deals with a fork in the road I’ve encountered where I have two choices. No matter what I choose, I lose half of what makes me happy. My life is being split in two and there is nothing I can do to keep it together. This song, along with all of our songs, concern struggle and perspective from personal experience. As a whole, we don’t have a message. We’re just imperfect people doing our best to survive in an imperfect world.
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- I would like to spend a few words sharing your experience with co-writer Josh “KJ” Strock of post hardcore band The White Noise for this single.
Working with him was awesome. We all love The White Noise and on top of that he writes with and works with so many bands that we all love and are inspired by. We flew him out to a studio in Minneapolis and instantly just got along with him and things clicked and we ended up writing three songs for the new album that we’re all really excited about.
- What are the most challenging aspects you are facing while working on new materials after a transition from InVogue Records and what about the stuff you are enjoying the most?
One challenge is that since we are independent at the moment that means so is our budget. The thing we are enjoying, which far outweighs the negatives, is the sense of opportunity we have with a new album that we’re really proud of completed, people who we really wanted to work with being attached to the album, and the potential to put it out on a greater platform.
- What are the most important aspects to focus on to achieve a profound bond as a band and what are the main elements that grant a great time together writing music?
I would say that the main thing you have to have is mutual respect.
- One or two memorable moments as a band during a recording or live session you would enjoy sharing with us.
We were playing Chicago last year and a guy proposed to his girlfriend on stage during our set which was pretty crazy.
- What plans, events and upcoming projects do GLASS HOUSES have in store? A few sneak peeks you wish to anticipate.
We just got off of a three and a half week long national tour but we have a few headlining dates coming up in December that we’ll be announcing soon here as well as a cool holiday festival we’re playing in Chicago. Other than that we’re just really trying to push our new single and music video to as many people as possible and get a solid plan together for 2019.
Thank you for your time and for having a chat with SICK AND SOUND. We are enthusiast of supporting you into EU and US and will keep an eye out for more music to be dropped by GLASS HOUSES. All the best with your amazing music.
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